Needs in Southeast Michigan Related to Covid-19

The purpose of this list is to track feedback we are receiving on community-level needs that are surfacing related to COVID-19. 

This list will be growing/tracked regularly.

  • Census Outreach: Need to redirect efforts from door-to-door outreach and rallies to online and phone campaign; New concerns about participation challenges
  • Child-Care Related: Places where low-income families go for support for children (diapers, formula, food); Child care due to school cancellations; Loss of afterschool activities
  • Criminal Justice System: Concern about high risk in jails and prisons for spread of virus
  • Civil Rights: Stigma toward Asian-Americans, immigrants and others from perceived sources of virus
  • Cultural Organizations:
    • Decreased revenue from restriction on events with large number of people
    • Inability to pay artists
  • Domestic Violence: Limited resources for individuals and families facing domestic violence/spousal and child abuse; Increase in incidents due to social distancing, quarantines and financial impacts on families; increase in need for emergency placements for children due to violence
  • Education:
    • Fear of limited educational opportunities for youth as result of closed schools and/or limited quality of online education being offered as replacement
    • Community colleges are seeing students drop out because they don’t have access to either computer or internet – or both
  • Financial Education/Assistance: Conflicting information about tax filing deadlines; inability to assist with tax preparations in some cases
  • Food Access: Particularly in light of school closures and for homebound seniors;  Pantries trying to shift quickly to “drive through” models to limit contact
  • Health-Related Nonprofits:
    • Increased needs of Federally Qualified Health Centers, Health Departments
    • Increased testing options, specifically – need for “drive through” or other alternative testing sites
    • Telemedicine awareness and education
      • For community based health clinics
      • For seniors
      • For NICU units, who typically provide CPR training- looking for ways to do virtually
    • Planning for large increases in hospital usage, including needed supplies, masks, etc.
    • Mental health needs among youth, seniors, laidoff workers and others
      • Need for health check phone calls for seniors
      • Need for mentoring support/mental health support for families
    • Physical health of youth with no gym class, sports
    • Fear of spread of virus with limited access to cleaning supplies for low-income families (SNAP, Bridge Cards do not cover)
    • Inability to keep standard preventative doctor appointments
  • Homeless Population: Need for support of shelters/warming centers – particularly need for increased cleaning supplies
  • Housing Related: Mortgage assistance, fear of evictions with limited pay
  • Immigrants/Refugees: Refugee resettlement efforts halted as the majority of cases scheduled have been cancelled; Increased needs of refugees in a system that was already under stress
  • Internet Access: Particularly for low-income communities (urban and rural), for employees now being asked to work at home, and for college students now working online
  • Nonprofit & Operations Needs:
    • Cancelled fundraising event and decrease in volunteers leading to decline in revenue
    • Lack of ability/resources to move to virtual operations in some cases
  • Seniors:
    • Needs for more ability for virtual programming/contact mechanisms as they will be more isolated/high risk
    • Difficulty getting needed medications
  • Small Business:
    • Impact on small business owners and employees re: lost wages and revenue
    • Small business “disruption” not only closure of existing businesses but general slowing of new businesses
    • Particular concerns expressed from restaurant owners/workers
  • Transportation:
    • Some families unable to get transportation to bring home children from closed colleges/universities.
    • Barriers in transportation to school food sites
    • Particular barriers for disabled – some usual transportation methods not operating

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